St. Louis official resigns amid nepotism inquiry

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The longtime recorder of deeds in St. Louis resigned on Friday amid a nepotism investigation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1sHFKQH) reports that Sharon Quigley Carpenter's decision to step down essentially quashes the inquiry by Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce.

Her opponent in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary, Ed McFowland, says Carpenter hired her great-nephew to work summers from 2010 to 2012. He also accuses Carpenter of hiring the son of her chief deputy to perform $100,000 in office renovations.

Carpenter said she hired those relatives but misinterpreted the nepotism statute and still plans to campaign for re-election.

Missouri law states that any public office holder employing a relative within four degrees should forfeit office. The Missouri Ethics Commission considers a great nephew a fourth-degree relative.

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